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The Sweet Collection is ideal for imaginative pretend play with a wide range
of food, characters and objects. It is filled with cute, pretty models to make
your own personal jewelry, floral decorations, and cute animals to
enable open-ended imaginative building and play.
 
The instruction models are just the starting point for inspiration to create any type of object and character in your imaginary world.

Build Your Favorite Food & Animals

New for 2019! My Favourites is the latest beginner set in the Sweet
Collection, with over 50 flat 2D models enabling highly imaginative
play using food, animals, characters and objects.
 
This set includes 175 pieces and comes with 2 booklets
of instructions to make 52 models.
 
The animals include: cat, dog, dolphin, fish, giraffe, pony, squirrel and swan.
The food includes: cake, apple, donut, mushroom and pineapple.
The characters/objects include mermaid, handmirror, tiara.
 
Such a wide range helps children get started and inspires them
to make their own creations.

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About LAQ

LaQ is an award winning, innovative & highly educational construction toy, invented using Japanese culture and values.
 
The simplicity of its Japanese design and high quality manufacturing from
Japan enables infinite creative construction possibilities.
 
With only 7 different types of block parts, it's easy to combine different
sets and colours to come up with fantastic new creations.
 
A great hidden benefit due to the low number of part types is that parts
can be easily replaced - 1 lost piece doesn't matter!
LaQ has been used in childcare centres for over 20 years, and have been
endorsed by numerous education professionals across the world as
an ideal learning development toy. LaQ has been made in Japan for
over 25 years using high quality plastics, and has passed strict
Japanese, US, European and Australian toy safety standards

lEARNING WITH LAQ

THE LEARNING PROCESS
Learning with LaQ is not just about the building process, as the nature of the toy encourages open-ended play, the development of engineering skills, and imaginative play with the models after they have built.
 
STAGE 1 - STARTING WITH FLAT 2D MODELS
The 2D models are made with parts #1, #2, #3 and #4 only.
 
Starting with 2D models, kids learn how to follow simple instruction guides. Equally they learn how to play together, exchange parts with each other,
and encourage each together to build more difficult models.
 
Children get excited about exploring LaQ on their own but also often more
excited about trying to make some of the creations that their peers create.
 

STAGE 2 - CREATING SIMPLE 3D MODELS

Children rapidly move onto building simpler 3D models, which now includes
the remaining parts #5 (curved), #6 (right angle) and #7 (3-way).
 
This phase encourages kids to develop their spatial ability, and having to
mentally manoeuvre segments to fit them together.
 
As the models become more complex, this develops their confidence and
sense of achievement when they can interpret the instructions and
showcase their building skills upon completion.
 

STAGE 3 - MASTERING THEIR SKILLS

The more advanced models continue using all 7 parts, but often require
building groups of parts together, and connection of groups together.
 
When starting off, they may appear complex but it is surprising how quickly kids pick up the techniques and build upon them to make their own creations.
 
Many of the models have movement cleverly built into the design, such
as the Power Shovel, Robots and Dinosaurs.

Educational Benefits

While there has been significant focus on developing STEM skills
(science, technology, engineering, mathematics) many people are
increasingly acknowledging the role of arts (going from STEM
to STEAM) that enables the critical complementary
creativity skills that unlock innovation.
 
LaQ enables both left brain and right brain development in many ways.
Some of the key benefits are:
 
CREATIVITY & EXPRESSION
  • There is no restriction.Children can start easily with simple models, combine models and build open-ended models with their imagination
  • Imaginative play doesn't just stop at building - the models are sturdy and can be incorporated into their play
  • Colour sense is enhanced through use of the 12 colour palette. They are encouraged to substitute colours when they run out of pieces, and to seek complementary matching patterns
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Playing with a shared toy encourages social skills, communication and language skills. Children can work together as a team to design and build intricate and thoughtful structures using their creativity, imagination and logical thinking
  • We often find children learning from each other, and problem solving together on how to build new models

LOGICAL THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING

  • LaQ encourages problem solving, spatial ability and logical thinking. Children need to solve issues such as what colour to use, where the next piece goes, which one to use and how to make the structure they want to build.
  • They learn techniques that build upon each other. From initially building 2D lifesize patterns, they quickly start to use curved shapes, and expand through making geometric shapes
  • Their spatial and engineering ability is enhanced by initially following the 3D instructions. Later on, children often extend models by substituting new parts to enable their own creation

CONCENTRATION & PERSEVERANCE

  • LaQ pieces make a fun snapping noise when putting the pieces together. A child will know that the pieces are firmly connected with this snapping noise
  • The tactile feel, and snapping sound provides a reward for children to keep on going. Many adults also find it similar to popping bubble wrap, and this provides a continual sense of satisfaction in playing
  • Children develop persistence and concentration as they build the models, starting with the simple instructions and then mastering more complex models

FINE MOTOR SKILLS & DEXTERITY

  • Children, generally from the age of 4, start to have the fine motor skills to connect the parts together. The Snap and Click sound, once parts are successfully connected, encourages younger children to persist with developing their dexterity. We observe rapid development of fine motor skills when kids play with LaQ
  • Creating more complex 3D models often requires connection of groups of parts together, and this continues to develop childrens' fine motor skills

LAQ A HIGH QUALITY TOY

The history of LaQ has many Japanese inspirations behind its invention,
and the Japanese attention to detail is a fundamental part of
LaQ's high quality experience.

 

The key selection criteria when looking for toys can vary but some common themes are:

  • The product is designed and built to be safe and durable
  • The product provides delight and fun to the child through engaging all of their senses and brain
  • The product actively engages the child by being open ended and flexible
  • The product encourages child, their peers, educators and parents to communicate and play together
  • The product provides valuable educational benefits and learning simply through play
With its unique Japanese heritage, design and values
 
LaQ ticks all ofthese boxes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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